Hepsed part 2

I was talking yesterday with my and Jill’s rabbi in Israel; I called to share with him the sad news of Allan’s passing. We began talking about Allan’s life and when I shared with him my trepidation about how possibly to do him justice today, he responded: don’t worry, just know that you are woefully… Continue reading Hepsed part 2


Hesped (Eulogy) for my father, Stephen A. Baker, z”l

June 6, 2014/8 Sivan 5774     Soon after the sun rose on the morning of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday commemorating the giving and receiving of the Torah, my beloved father’s soul peacefully departed this world. Just as the Jewish People gathered around Mount Sinai, stepping forward as we have for thousands of years to re-experience… Continue reading Hesped (Eulogy) for my father, Stephen A. Baker, z”l

Weekly Message 2-8-08

8 February 2008  2 Adar I 5768  Shalom Chaverim,  For those of us who are loyal members of our tribe (the Boston/New England sports fan tribe, that is), this week started off roughly. I keep coming back, however, to an idea that I have been contemplating for years now - the spirituality of losing.   During… Continue reading Weekly Message 2-8-08

Weekly Message 3-13-09

13 March 2009  17 Adar 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  It has been an intense week for our community. Tuesday’s Purim festivities featured megillah readings, shpiels, a Latke-Hamentashen Debate (which is the ideal Jewish food?) and a fun-filled faculty and student talent show. This morning begins Exploration Week, during which our students will be engaged in activities… Continue reading Weekly Message 3-13-09

Weekly Message 10-17-08

 17 October 2008 18 Tishrei 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  Late last night I sat in my sukkah and reread the haftarah from the Book of Kings that we read on the second day of Sukkot. This haftarah describes how King Solomon ceremonially gathered the community of Israel to bless the people and to consecrate the Temple… Continue reading Weekly Message 10-17-08

We Are Not Alone

20 November 2015 7 Kislev 5776 Shalom Chaverim, Sometimes there are no words. Yesterday morning I returned to Boston with the members of our junior class who had just spent three life-changing months in Israel. Their last day was an emotional rollercoaster. One moment they were at Har Herzl, Israel’s military cemetery, paying respects to… Continue reading We Are Not Alone